Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, Volume 1

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, Volume 1

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Get the first volume of this critically acclaimed series for only $10 as part of Oni's Square One program! Courtney Crumrin grumbles about everything, but now she's really got something to grumble over. Having run out of credit cards, her parents are moving to the wealthy suburb of Hillsborough, to live rent-free with their creepy old uncle Aloysius. Courtney is now an outcast among her rich, snobby classmates. And if that weren't bad enough, the musty, decrepit old mansion that she now calls home is occupied by stranger creatures than just her parents or Uncle Aloysius. They crawl about the house, just out of sight. They crunch bones in the corner. They climb up on the bed and watch Courtney while she sleeps. Mom and Dad don't notice them, but Uncle Aloysius calls them the Night Things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620104194
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Courtney Crumrin Series
Edition description: Square One edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 536,192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: GN370L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Ted Naifeh first appeared in the independent comics scene in 1999 as the artist for Gloomcookie, the goth romance comic he co-created with Serena Valentino for SLG Publishing. After a successful run, Ted decided to strike out on his own, writing and drawing Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, a spooky children’s fantasy series about a grumpy little girl and her adventures with her Warlock uncle. Nominated for an Eisner Award for best limited series, Courtney Crumrin’s success paved the way for Polly and the Pirates, another children’s book, this time about a prim and proper girl kidnapped by pirates convinced she was the daughter of their long-lost queen. Over the next few years, Ted wrote four volumes of Courtney Crumrin, plus a spin off book about her uncle. He also co-created How Loathsome with Tristan Crane, and illustrated two volumes of the videogame tie-in comic Death Junior with screenwriter Gary Whitta. More recently, he illustrated The Good Neighbors, a three volume graphic novel series written by New York Times best-selling author Holly Black, published by Scholastic. In 2011, Ted wrote the sequel to Polly and the Pirates, and illustrated several Batman short stories for DC Comics. In 2012, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Courtney Crumrin, he wrote and illustrated the final two volumes of the series. Currently, you can find Ted everywhere: from the pages of Batman ‘66 to his newest original series for adults, Night’s Dominion. Ted lives in San Francisco, because he likes dreary weather.

Warren Wucinich is an illustrator, colorist, and part-time carny currently living in Durham, NC. When not making comics he can usually be found watching old Twilight Zone episodes and eating large amounts of pie.

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Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, Volume 1 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was sucked into the story right away! Courtney's parents, living well beyond their means, jump at the chance to live rent free at Great Uncle Aloysius's creepy old mansion that happens to be in the rich area of town. Having use of the lower floors but strictly forbidden to enter his upper domain the parents settle in. Courtney can't make friends at school due to her association with the Crumrin house and she hears things in the night. This leads to her snooping around and finding an old book with very strange recipes in it that she starts to experiment with and she meets some very strange creatures both in and out of the house which mostly want to do harm to her or someone. I loved this. Done in black and white it suits the gothic, creepy atmosphere. Courtney is a girl with an attitude but likable all the same. Can't wait to read book two and find out where the story is going to go.
RGQuimby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clever, immersive, and visually daring. May not immediately appeal to those who don't already enjoy graphic novels, but will certainly appeal to horror fans for its Tim Burton-esque sensibilities. The lead character, Courtney, is spunky and likeable, if not exactly touchy-feely.
FFortuna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things is a kids' graphic novel. It has a classic plot--girl moves to creepy old uncle's house and creepy stuff happens--but this is a model example of Tropes Are Not Bad.There are three main things that keep this book amazing:A) It knows its tropes, loves them, and uses them well. This is the kind of story kids like.B) It's funny, in a biting way. It's SMART humor. The characters and dialoge are just off-beat enough to make everything seem shiny and new.C) It's a graphic novel with gorgeous, quirky, dark art that sets the mood and lets us create a little more of the story in our own heads while giving us something pretty to look at. I love fantasy art in general, and this art adds humor to dark scenes and a sense of creepy to the funny scenes.I will warn that the characters are not paragons, and this is not a morality play. The characters are good, but they aren't above being vindictive and conniving. It's a little creepy sometimes because it's unexpected, but it's realistic and would promote discussion.I highly recommend this series to kids (of all ages ;) ) who like this sort of quirky fantasy/gothic horror trend that's happening right now in fiction. Fans of Lemony Snicket, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Skulduggery Pleasant, Zorgamazoo, that whole vein.
babsji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney is a snarky girl, and seems to dislike her parents. But what kid of her age doesn't think that their parents are idiots most of the time. Methinks that her uncle is looking for a heir if he is really as old as he claims. I haven't read any of the other ones yet,( I have this OCD thing about reading the first book first) but I do hope the cat and Butterworm come back. All in all I enjoyed it.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recommended by Darla D, this is a gothic graphic novel where Courtney Crumrin moves in with her parents to her spooky grandfathers house. Very similar to the Nightmare and Fairy Tales series.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an eGalley of this book through It was a really excellent graphic novel filled with mystery, some creepy things, and magic. After reading it I want to go out and read all of the other books in the series.Courtney Crumrin is forced to move into her great-uncle's old creepy house with her parents (who are broke and need a place to live). To say that Courtney doesn't fit in in this prestigious town and preppy school is an understatement. Then one night Courtney sees something in her room and she finds that her uncle's house holds more mysteries and more magic than she had ever imagined. Now if COurtney could just stay out of trouble for a while and not cause any magical mischief that would be great...Courtney is tough, sassy, and very much her own girl. She doesn't take crap from anyone and doesn't try to blend in. She reminded me a lot of the girl, Mandy, from the cartoon Grim and Evil. I loved her. She tries so hard to make her own path but still finds herself feeling a bit lonely and scared at times. The camaraderie she develops with her great-uncle is sweet, especially since her parents are so absent (both mentally and physically throughout the story). There are a lot of great characters in this story but Courtney and her great-uncle are the highlights.This graphic novel contains three sub-stories. One is about what happens when Courtney tries out a spell to make everyone like her. The second is about what happens when Courtney goes to babysit for some neighbors and finds out their baby has been replaced with a goblin of sorts. The third tells about when something mimics Courtney and tries to take over her place in everyone's life.The illustrations are wonderful. It is always easy to follow and easy to tell what is going on. Only the first part was in full color (probably because it is an advanced copy) but the part that was in color was excellent! The colors are lush and dark and perfectly match the tone of the story.This is a great graphic novel for all ages. Some parts might be a bit scary for younger kids, most of it is just kind of creepy and not really scary.Overall I absolutely loved this book! Now I want to go out and read all of the COurtney Crumrin books :-) Courtney is a fun character and the combination of magic/magical creatures/creepy house is creative and fun. This is a graphic novel that is beautifully drawn and I think people of all ages will really enjoy it. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of these books in the future. If you like the Locke and Key series, but want something that is kid-friendly this would be a great series to read.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney moves into her great-uncle's house with her social-climbing parents and tries to fit into her upscale neighborhood, but is thwarted by the presence of goblins, her own misanthropy, and also by her experiments with witchcraft. It's cute enough, but I wonder whether ending the stories (particularly Goblin Market/changeling and the one in which the wimpy kid tries to befriend Courtney) in ways that mock the stereotypical narrative of plucky kid overcoming great odds will get old fast. "Cranky kid fails to overcome great odds" needs variations too!
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrim thinks her parents are social climbing fools. After they¿ve maxed-out their credit cards and have to move in with weird old Uncle Aloysius, her suspicions are confirmed. They are as oblivious to the vicious social snobbery and cruelty in their wealthy new neighborhood as they are to the goblins that skulk around the old mansion in the dark of the night. Courtney, unable to fit in with her new schoolmates and unwilling to conform, finds an unlikely mentor in Uncle Aloysius and new comrades among the night things.
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was recommended under the heading "stories with strong female characters" and sure enough, Courtney is smart and good at adapting to the creepy world she inhabits. I really enjoyed the stories, although I found the art at times distracting because people looked rather more zombie-like than I think was intended. But then again, it is a creepy little book, so who knows? I'll be picking up the next in the series anyhow.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had illustrations like in the first Gloomcookie book that I read and it was funny. Full of fantasy and horror elements, Courtney is a loner and would like to keep it that way. She has moved in with her supposedly crazy uncle whom she has found has an obsession with things that go bump in the night. They end up getting along famously, her parents oblivious to everything going on around them. Can't wait to read more of these!
safowlie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A deliciously creepy story of a young girl whose family moves into her great uncle's spooky house. Courtney struggles to fit in at school. As she explores the house she discovers strangle beings, and magic books in her uncle's library. Courtney is a determined and strong character. Should appeal to Coraline fans.
doxtator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The drawing style was interesting--a bit inconsistent between different types of characters, but it appeared to be on purpose. The stories themselves weren't exceptional. In fact, I found it hard to like the main protagonist. She moans about having no friends, but when the one kid in the school who is somewhat friendly to her gets eaten by a monster (and it was partly her fault), she doesn't even miss him.
JLinfitt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin and her parents have just moved into their old Uncle Aloysius¿ creepy old house. Courtney¿s parents couldn¿t be more pleased with their new perceived status in the wealthy community and don¿t waste any time in making the `right¿ acquaintances. Courtney, on the other hand, doesn¿t fit in and doesn¿t want to, at least not at school. It, however, doesn¿t take the very stubborn and rebellious girl to break the first rule her Uncle set when she moved in, stay off the second floor and out of his chambers. Her second night in the big old house has her sneaking into his study and discovering exactly what he¿s hiding.¿Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things¿ is a series of four stories that follow Courtney through the beginnings of her new life in a new home with creatures stealing babies, eating fellow students, and causing all sorts of mischief. Though Courtney¿s attempts to right things aren¿t always successful she does learn something new about herself and this dark magical world each time. The simple black and white illustrations in this graphic novel help convey the dark and creepy atmosphere of the stories. And the stubborn and rebellious nature of Courtney Crumrin towards the bullies in her new school during the day and the night creatures during the night make the story enjoyable and appealing to those of us who would rather call ourselves unique and determined.
lostinalibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin is being forced to move to a more upscale suburb by her slightly opportunistic and always oblivious parents to live with her Uncle Aloysius. Thing is, though, Courtney isn't your average mall kid, the new house isn't your modern day McMansion and Uncle Aloysius isn't your typical crusty old coot - good thing, too, because when things start getting really weird, Uncle Aloysius may be the only one standing between Courtney and disaster.Courtney Crumrin is a modern gothic fairy tale, more Grimm than Disney. It combines amazing graphics with a darkly humourous and very entertaining coming-of-age tale - think Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets the kids from 90210 in a yuppie suburb where the parents are so self-absorbed, no one notices would notice if their human babies are swapped with goblins.Although I suspect this graphic novel is aimed at kids 12 and up, adults are sure to enjoy the dark humour and the great graphics.
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin Volume 1by Ted NaifehOni Press Publishingavailable 4/11/12Fun dark, gothic, graphic novel. The artwork is stellar and the characterization of Courtney Crumrin kept me laughing throughout the book.The story is really three small sub plots combined into one gothic style graphic novel. To begin, Courtney is uprooted and relocated into her old Uncle's house. He is a spooky old man with an even spookier house. Courtney has an attitude the size of Alaska. She's fun to read about but I wouldn't want a friend like her. The story progresses as she starts school with a bunch of well to do brats, she just doesn't fit in. The other parts of the book are quick to read and quite funny at times. The artwork is fantastic. I received an ARC from NetGalley and only the first chapter or so was in color, but the color was perfect. Pure Gothic. Dark and spooky just like the book itself. I'm not a big fan of graphic novels but this book looked like fun. I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed Courtney's character, she has just the right amount of sassy wit. I particularly enjoyed reading about her spooky old Uncle A .Definitely a book worth reading.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I hadn’t read any of the Courtney Crumrin stories previously, but when I saw this new edition I jumped at the chance. Courtney’s parents are so awesome – in that oh-my-god-they-are-clueless-butt-kissing-money-grubbing-idiots kind of way. So basically they are just a lot of fun to watch and read the things that come out of their mouths. However Courtney and her sass steal the show. This new house has its secrets, which are creepy and fantastic to read about, but it’s more than the house that’s got the paranormal aspect working for it. Courtney encounters weirdness in the forest between her new home and school and at another family’s house while she is babysitting. There is more than just one type of paranormal creature in this story, which makes it even more entertaining. The only drawback for me is that I wish there was more character development with Courtney and that more interacting with her Great Uncle Aloysius had taken place. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
mistressofdark More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things was a fast, interesting and entertaining read. This edition in particular contains the four individual issues of the comic and is the first of four volumes. The narration is a combination of Courtneys inner thinking processes and a goblin called Butterworth who lives in the woods and feeds on human flesh. If you’re into dark, eerie graphic novels you might enjoy this one. The artwork works well with the story giving it a dark and gothic feel. I enjoyed it, although I wasn’t blown away by it. I will be definitely reading the rest of the series since I found Courtney’s little adventures entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 6th grade this book was everything to me! Still is! I was never bored with this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire series is great! This book is a wonderful starting point for this little girl and the trials she has to face. I eagerly await anymore that are released!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things is fantastic! I've read it so many times, I'm surpised I haven't gotten bored with it yet. She reminds me so much of ... me! I can't wait til the next one comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is cute and spooky at the same time. The monsters in Courtney Crumrin are cute. The mean bully-girl Alicia is cute with curly pigtails. Courtney herself is cute, although she has no nose. The creaky old Victorian houses are cute, if spooky. Even scary-but-secretly-nice Uncle Aloysious is cute because he wears slippers all the time and you can tell they want to be bunny slippers really. The story is a fun little adventure into magic and monsters and mayhem. It's reminiscent of Harry Potter in some ways, but in other ways it's totally different. Courtney and Harry have nothing in common except magic. This book contains the first four issues of the series; the next four issues just came out as comic books, and IMHO they're even better. Even scarier and even cuter.